Fishing Tips Blog Posts

Seriously Sheepshead: A Fishing Tale off Hilton Head Island

March 17th, 2017

The slight, almost imperceptible tug on the rod tip signaled the sheepshead had taken the crab in its mouth. Pulling back gently to tighten the connection, I waited for the second tap. At this point, history has taught me that it may be too late—the crab crushed and the fish gone. But there it was,… Read More…

Successful Speck Fishing

November 21st, 2016

In the summer, charter fishing clients frequently ask, “What do you do around here in the winter? Is there anything to fish for then?” These questions always bring a smile to my face because—as all resident anglers know—winter on Hilton Head Island offers some of the best fishing of the year. Cooler weather brings cooler… Read More…

Time for Tarpon

September 22nd, 2016

Caleb had just tossed the live menhaden out. The rod immediately bent double and the line sizzled off the reel. Thirty yards behind the boat, the chrome-plated behemoth went ballistic, giving us a show of acrobatics second to none. And then, in the blink of an eye, he was gone. Caleb looked at me with… Read More…

Shark City: An Underwater Tale

August 9th, 2016

The dark, sinister form appeared 20 yards from the boat, swimming lazily, but with a sense of raw power. His 12 feet in length confirmed that power as he nosed up to the boat, seeking the scent of the barracuda we had hanging from the stern. The stripes on his sides, along with his size,… Read More…

Reel Sport: Landing Deep-Water Fish

June 13th, 2016

The large chunk of fresh-cut bait had scarcely touched bottom when the fish inhaled it and took off! As quickly as I moved the drag to the strike setting, the hefty rod bent double and went under the boat. “Big brown, big brown!” my brother Don hollered, as the fish took to the air behind me…. Read More…

“MAY” You Catch Cobia?

May 5th, 2016

The month of May means a lot of things to people. Spring is in full swing and the promise of summer is just around the corner. The weather is getting real nice and kids are counting down the days before school ends. For local fisherman, it means primarily one thing—cobia season! The very exciting, sometimes… Read More…

The Beat of the Red Drum: Sport Fishing in the Lowcountry

April 3rd, 2016

Twenty-five feet below the surface, a marauding school of bull reds swept the sandy bottom out away from Hilton Head’s beautiful beaches in search of prey. Honing in on the smell of fresh-cut mullet, a large bull inhaled the chunk, and upon feeling the bite of the 8/0 circle hook, put its broad shoulders and… Read More…

Offshore Fishing on Hilton Head Island

January 19th, 2016

Some 40 miles off the coast in 90 feet of water, a network of coral, rocky ledges and outcrops holds some of the best fishing available. Huge American red snapper, grouper, amberjack, triggerfish and a myriad of other smaller snapper and grunts await the fisherman with the ability and means to make the journey. “Chicken” rigs,… Read More…

Learning to Fish: A Present that Keeps Giving

December 7th, 2015

I have long since figured out that best gift I’ve ever received is the time and effort of those that introduced me to fishing. The first, best of my recollection, was a tiny Japanese lady by the name of Jeannie. Being a Navy brat, I grew up on military bases and Jeannie had married a… Read More…

Fishing for Flounder

November 13th, 2015

A master of camouflage and ambush, the flounder is one of the oddest-looking fish that swims the local waters, past our beautiful beaches. Flat with both eyes on one side of its body, it has the capability of altering its coloration to match the bottom of the ocean floor where it lies in wait for its… Read More…

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